When asked to recommend one type of fruit overall, Gluten Free Society recommends berries. They are some of the healthiest fruits on the planet, in part because they haven’t been hybridized into giant fruits full of sugar. They are instead small and densely packed with a variety of potent phyto-chemcials that do wonders to normalize and improve health.
The rich nutrient density of berries helps to heal the gut after prolonged exposure to gluten.
Berries—especially wild berries—can have a huge impact on boosting and maintaining your nutritional health by:
- Elevating your antioxidant status
- Decreasing your risk of cancer
- Preventing heart disease and stroke by reducing the build up of so called “bad” cholesterol
- Guarding against Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases
- Combating aging and reversing short term memory loss
- Relieving arthritis inflammation
- Fighting infection and bolstering the immune system
- Promoting urinary tract health
- Optimizing vision health and reversing the causes of macular degeneration and blindness
- Improving motor skills
As with all fruits and vegetables, try to buy organic. If you have a hard time finding quality wild organic blueberries in your area, or if you simply want to try some of the most delicious berries available, I highly recommend you try: Vital Choice Wild Organic berries.
In a past issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers used a technique called oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) to test the antioxidant power of more than 100 different kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices.
In a laboratory testing, wild blueberries emerged as the top antioxidant capacity fruit. For the first time, in this antioxidant study, the USDA evaluated both wild and cultivated blueberries and found that wild surpassed its cultivated cousins by 48%.
Scientists attribute the high antioxidant capacity of Wild Blueberries to anthocyanin, the phytonutrient responsible for the berry’s deep blue color.